Editor: When it comes to Virginia House of Delegates representative Del. Thomas “Tag” Greason’s (R-32ndDistrict) voting record on guns, he is no moderate. In 2012, he helped repeal Virginia’s one gun per month law, on the books since 1993, to once again allow gun runners to move firearms along the “Iron Pipeline.” The Iron Pipeline is the route used to smuggle weapons from southern states with less restrictive gun laws to states with tougher gun laws, like New York and New Jersey.
After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in 2013, he supported legislation forcing Virginia agencies to refuse cooperation with federal gun laws and firearm investigations. Greason voted to recognize out-of-state concealed handgun permits even from states having looser restrictions than Virginia’s. He also voted to make it easier to purchase grenades, machine guns and rocket launchers. Why?
As a constituent, I wanted to speak with him about these votes, but he refused to meet with me twice. Maybe he just wasn’t in the office the days I wanted to meet with him. After all, he has missed 713 votes in the House of Delegates since he began serving in 2010.
In any case, the positions he’s taken on firearm measures in Virginia do not represent the moderate district he serves. It’s time to stop giving politicians a pass on their support of the gun lobby. We cannot afford to have state lawmakers who so cavalierly execute the gun lobby’s extremist agenda. This is something to consider Nov. 7 when we head to the polls.
Kristin Jones, Ashburn